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Water Aids declares two municipalities are free of open defection

Water Aids declares two municipalities are free of open defection

Director of Water Aid, Justino da Silva (Photo Tatoli/António Gonçalves)

Dili, 19 november 2022 (TATOLI)- The Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Water Aids declared two other municipalities are free of open defections including the Manufahi and Liquiça municipalities.

Director of Water Aid, Justino da Silva said the two municipalities were on the target list to implement an open defection-free project.

“Two municipalities are free from open defection which means the ALFA project was successfully implemented and as a result, people understand to use the toilet instead of going to bushes, fields, forests, sewers, and open environments,” Da Silva to TATOLI, in Bairros grillos Dili, this Friday.

Silva said the ALFA project helps people to realize the human dignity to use a proper toilet and also understand the impact and risks to the environment: “People in the two cities understand how to use the toilet and this is a positive step to help people live in healthy conditions.”

At the same time, Silva also acknowledged that with limited access to water, it is difficult for the community to use the toilet, therefore Water Aids provides sufficient information and provides water reservations for the community to be able to use the toilet.

“The ALFA project is implemented by Water Aids and funded by the Australian Government. With the implementation of the ALFA project, more than 140,000 residents in two municipalities have benefited from the ALFA project,”

So far, the Ministry of Health has also recorded that six municipalities are successfully implementing open defection-free projects consisting including Bobonaro, Liquica, Manufahi, Ermera, Aileu, and Ainaru in 2019 and 2020.

 

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.

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